Chris Odoi-Atsem

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MLS notes: Zimmerman spurns Europe, Vazquez sold, DC youngster in remission

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Let’s sweep up some good, somewhat-expected, and wonderful news from around Major League Soccer.

DC United defender and Maryland product Chris Odoi-Atsem announced that he is in remission after a fight with Stage Two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Odoi-Atsem was expected to undergo four months of chemotherapy, and the announcement comes just under three months into the journey.

At 23, Odoi-Atsem hopes to rejoin the team after his final round of chemo later this month. He was the 12th overall draft pick in 2017.

Another defender is extending his stay in Los Angeles.

USMNT center back Walker Zimmerman was a huge part of LAFC’s success as an expansion club following his arrival from FC Dallas, and was reportedly ready to test the waters of European soccer with interest from the Premier League, Ligue 1, and the Bundesliga.

But Bob Bradley pushed the right buttons and LAFC will have its 25-year-old mainstay back in the fold via a Targeted Allocation Money contract running through the 2022 season.

Finally, one of the key pieces to Toronto FC’s 2017 MLS Cup triumph is on his way out of Ontario.

Victor Vazquez is going to be sold to an unnamed Qatari club, pending a physical according to TSN’s Kristian Jack.

The 32-year-old scored posted 18 goals and 15 primary assists for TFC.

DC United defender diagnosed with Stage Two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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DC United defender and University of Maryland product Chris Odoi-Atsem has been diagnosed with Stage Two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the MLS team announced Tuesday.

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The 23-year-old will undergo four months of chemotherapy. He had not played since a March 24 substitute appearance, and has 10 appearances since being selected in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

According to a terrific article in The Washington Post, he’s expected to make a full recovery and is planning to resume his career next season. Odoi-Atsem has been dealing with fatigue since preseason.

Here’s what Odoi-Atsem said in a DC United press release.

“I feel truly blessed to have caught this disease at any early stage and have a medical team that is confident that I will make a full recovery,” Odoi-Atsem said. “I want to use my situation to raise awareness and help others in similar situations who are going through their own individual battles. This is only temporary, God will see me through and I will be back to where I’m supposed to be. On the soccer field.”

The article in the Post should serve as a reminder to keep fighting to get to the bottom of any individual health struggles. Wow.

Godspeed, Chris.